PEGGY Flanagan, a community worker from Magharafelt, will soon depart to Ethiopia on her fourth volunteer placement with international development organisation VSO.
Peggy will provide training to the organisation’s volunteers to help them become more sustainable and to develop and monitor programs.
A major aspect of Peggy’s role will be supporting the provision of comprehensive and integrated HIV and AIDS services to enhance family health.
“I am really looking forward to the challenge that a new job and a new country will bring,” she said.
“Every country is different; with different challenges and opportunities. I would strongly recommend a volunteering placement with VSO if you are looking for a rewarding and positive experience.”
Peggy is an expert in mobilising community groups and organisations, having worked with many women’s groups in Northern Ireland throughout the 1990s.
This time, Peggy will take up a challenging one-year placement in Ethiopia working as a Project Management Expert to help a local NGO, the South Ethiopia Peoples’ Development Association (SEPDA), address basic health, education and food insecurity issues for marginalised women. Between 2005 and 2012 Peggy previously volunteered in Bangladesh, India and Ghana.
VSO recruit experienced professionals such as Peggy to work long term in the areas of education, health, community development and business management. Currently VSO volunteers are working in over 30 countries worldwide serving some of the world’s poorest communities.
“VSO needs motivated people like Peggy to work overseas on sustainable volunteer programmes. In developing countries such as Ethiopia, 29% of people are living on just $1.25 a day. Things we take for granted, like health and social assistance, are hard to access for marginalised people,” said Malcolm Quigley, VSO Ireland Executive Director.
VSO is urgently seeking more volunteers, particularly in the areas of health, education and community development to support its projects in the developing world.